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Library of Things

The Library of Things is a collection of nontraditional items available for the Needham community to borrow such as tools, technology, and other fun equipment. Items may be checked out and returned to the Needham Free Public Library Circulation Desk on the first floor. Non-residents can borrow these materials, however, these items are requestable by Needham residents only

Please do not return items in the book drop!


In order to borrow a Library of Things item, patrons must meet the following criteria:

  • Borrowers must have a valid Minuteman Library Network card in good standing.
  • Borrowers of Library of Things items must be 18 years old or older.
  • Borrowers will receive a copy of the Library of Things Lending Agreement.
  • Borrowers must pick up and return the Library of Things item at the Needham Free Public Library Circulation Desk.

Loan Periods

A Library of Things item may be borrowed for up to 2 weeks and renewed up to two times unless another borrower is waiting.

Proper Use and Liability

As with all Library materials, the borrower is responsible for the item and will be billed for reasonable repair, replacement costs associated with damage, or loss of items and/or peripherals (including components, accessories, and carriers) due to neglect or abuse. A list of replacement costs of items is available upon request.

The Needham Free Public Library is not responsible for any injury, loss, or damage that may occur from use of a Library of Things item. The Needham Free Public Library staff claims no expertise and makes no representation concerning the fitness of any tool for any particular use.

It is the borrower’s responsibility to protect against loss. Staff will inspect Library of Things items upon return. Borrowers are expected to return the item with all parts, components, and careers to the Circulation Desk. Borrowers will be responsible for any damage to a Library of Things item while in their possession.


Tell us about your experience with the Needham Library of Things collection and/or suggest a new item for the Needham Library of Things collection by filling out this Library of Things Feedback Survey!

Arts & Crafts
Circular knitting needles shown upright.

Circular Knitting Needles

Borrow a pair of circular knitting needles. The Library has a range of US sizes: 3 – 11.

Light green and white Cricut Explore 3 machine. Below Cricut machine is shown small tools, including scissors.

Cricut Explore 3

The Cricut Explore 3 is a DIY cutting machine. Make custom vinyl stickers, personalized home decor, unique greeting cards, custom designed apparel, and more! Vinyl, transfer sheets, and other supplies are not included.

Black crochet hook shown lying horizontally.

Crochet Hooks

Borrow a crochet hook. The library has a range of US Sizes: D – K.

4 blue double pointed knitting needles lying vertically with 1 blue double pointed knitting needle crossing them horizontally.

Double Point Knitting Needles

Borrow several double point knitting needles. The library has a range of US sizes: 2 – 10.5.

Two wooden drop spindles, crossed at an angle.

Drop Spindles

Spin your own yarn with a drop spindle.

White and red Singer sewing machine shown  from the front angle.

Sewing Machine

Sew fabrics together with this Singer machine! Fabric and thread is not included.

Multicolored stencils, fanned out, shown from above.


Trace some fantastic designs with this stencil multipack. It contains 25 different sheets of various shapes and designs.

Two straight knitting needles, crossed and shown from above.

Straight Knitting Needles

Borrow a pair of knitting needles. The library has a range of US sizes: 4 – 15.

blue umbrella swift and white winder shown from side view

Yarn Winder & Swift

Wind your yarn easily with this yarn winder and swift!

Assistive Devices
Blue multicolored apron with various activities and sensory textures.

Activity Apron

This activity apron is designed to provide stimulating activities and textures for people with cognitive impairment.

Cane shown  with grip handle, hoop and rubber foot


This adjustable Nova HD offset cane weighs 1 lb.

Handheld Magnifying Glass

This handheld magnifier has a built-in LED to illuminate what you want to magnify.

Hands-free Magnifying Glass

This chest magnifier illuminates and enlarges text for easy reading while sitting. This model is hands-free.

Laptop Screen Magnifier

This large magnifier can enlarge laptop screens for better visibility.

Large Print Keyboard

This large print keyboard has high contrast and enlarged keys to visualize the board more easily.

White stand up light therapy lamp, turned on.

Light Therapy Lamp

This Verilux HappyLight Portable Light Therapy Lamp is 9″ x 5.6″ inches and it weighs 1.3 lbs.

Page Magnifier

This page magnifier illuminates and enlarges text for easy reading.

Page Magnifier with Stand

This page magnifier illuminates and enlarges text for easy reading. This model includes a stand so it is hands-free.

Personal Sound Amplifier

This device amplifies sounds closest to the listener while reducing background noise. It is ideal for one-on-one conversation, small-group conversation, television listening, or conversing in the car.

Reading Ruler Aid – Coming Soon

This ruler aid helps readers strengthen visual tracking, blocks distractions, and helps concentration and focus.

Rolling Walker

This rolling walker provides extra balance and support. It includes a padded seat and basket.

Text-to-Speech Pen

This text-to-speech pen reads text aloud in English.

Transport Chair

This lightweight wheelchair with hand brakes has large back wheels to help with uneven surfaces.

Audio Equipment
Black and silver cassette tape player with connected microphone shown from above.

Cassette Recorder and Player

This Jensen Portable Cassette Player/Recorder allows you to load cassettes into the tape deck and hit record.

Shown from above is a compact disc player in black and silver with attached black earbuds.

CD Player

This Jensen Personal Compact Disc player allows you to listen to CDs at home with headphones.

Black record player shown in open position with disc playing.

Record Player

This Crosley Discovery Turntable connects to your Bluetooth or AUX in speakers. The turntable plays three speeds: 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM records.

Cables and Adapters
Black Anker USB-C to HDMI adaptor shown from an above angle.

USB-C to HDMI Adapter

This Anker USB C to HDMI adapter allows you to connect any TV or monitor with a HDMI port to stream video from a laptop or phone’s USB-C port.

Computer Accessories
Black multi-card reader shown plugging into USB slot shown from side angle.

Card Reader

This card reader will read SDHC, microSDHC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, and Memory Stick Micro (M2) media via 480 Mb/s USB 2.0 Type-A technology with the 4-in-1 USB 2.0 Vidpro Card Reader.

Black external floppy disc drive with connected USB cable shown from above.

Floppy Disk Drive

This external floppy disk drive can read diskette storage when attached to a computer through a USB cable.

Black  handled device with color LED screen on the left. Family hugging shown on LED screen. On the right are button controls, connected at the top with white, red and yellow analog cables.

Digital Converter

This ClearClick Video2Digital converter allows you to transfer from VHS, VCR, DVD, DVR, Camcorders, Hi8, and more to digital formats.

Circular light mounted on a black tripod.

Ring Light

Light up your set, scene, or workspace! This 6-inch LED ring light comes with a tripod stand.

White mobile compact brother scanner shown from above.


This Brother DS920DW mobile scanner can scan single-sided materials at up to 8ppm, up to 5ppm duplex, in both color and black/white. The scanner’s dimensions are 10″ x 13.9″ inches and it weighs 1.17 lbs.

Black mechanical IrisPen shown in the on position with blue lighted tip.

Scanning Pen

This IRISPen Executive 7 can be used to scan text easily.

Black webcam shown unmounted.


Use this separate webcam for videoconferencing!

Nintendo Switch console turned on with blue and red Joy Controllers. Right Red Controller offset.

Nintendo Switch

This kit includes Nintendo Switch, Switch Dock, Switch AC adaptor, 2 Joy-Controllers (L+R) and straps, Joy-Con grips, and HDMI cable. Games are not included, but can be checked out separately.

Black square hotspot with rounded edges, turned on.


Mobile hotspots allow free access to a steady wi-fi signal. These hotspots circulate with guide and power adapter.

Outdoor Activities
Blue backpack with orange zippers shown in upright position. To the right is a smaller upright pouch, also blue with orange zippers.


This waterproof backpack weighs 7 ounces and can be stored in a 7.4″ x 5.5″ inch pouch.

Wrapped Bike lock with silver rotating number locks.

Bike Locks

Lock your bike up at the library! The cable is 6 feet long.

Binoculars as shown  from the front side.


This kit contains a pair of Celestron NatureDX 8×32 binoculars.

Binoculars shown from the side with the book "Field Guide to Birds of Massachusetts" in the background.

Birdwatching Kit

This kit contains a pair of Celestron NatureDX 8×32 binoculars and the Field Guide to Birds of Massachusetts by Wayne R. Peterson (Scott & Nix, 2017).

Black fabric camping chair shown from the front.

Camping Chairs

This Coleman Cooler Quad Chair weighs 8.3 pounds with a carrying case.

Set up green and white camping tent shown from the side.

Dome Tent

This dome tent fits six people. It is 10 feet x 9 feet with a 10 feet x 5 feet screen room. The tent height is 5 feet and 8 inches in the center.

Music & Musical Instruments
Black Karaoke machine, turned on with multicolored rainbow disco ball.

Karaoke Machine

Show off your singing skills with this karaoke machine and two wireless microphones.

mini keyboard as shown from above.

Mini Keyboard

Show off your musical talents with this Yamaha PSS-A50 digital keyboard!

Brown ukulele shown in standing position.


Learn to play ukulele! This kit contains one ukulele and several picks to practice your musical skills.

Black Kodak PixPro camera shown from the front.

Digital Camera

Take photos with this Kodak PixPro FZ43 Digital Camera and accessories.

White camera drone shown with rotating blades from above.

Camera Drone

Fly with this DJI Mini SE camera drone and controller.

Black Go Pro camera shown from the side.

GoPro Action Camera

Use this GoPro Hero 10 action camera to record high-speed videos and photos of your adventures!

Science & Technology
Many different types of electronics shown from above

Electronics Kit

Build your own robot with this electronics kit! All robots must be disassembled before returning the kit.

Black and silver microscope with LED screen turned on shown from side and front angle.


This Moysuwe Digital Microscope with a 4.3 inch LCD screen and USB cable can connect to a computer or laptop. Its magnification range is 10x – 1000x with a resolution of 2 MP/720P. It is compatible with Windows operating systems only.

Motherboard with computer chips shown unassembled.

Raspberry Pi Kit

This Raspberry Pi CanaKit contains one Raspberry Pi computer (Raspberry Pi 4 1GB Model B with 1.5GHz quad-core CPU with 1GB RAM) with a 128GB microSD card and USB card reader.

Telescope – Coming Soon

Take this telescope home to explore the wonders of the night sky!

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Orange and green coin counters shown in horizontal position. Blue and Red coin counters shown in upright position.

Coin Counter

Use this coin counter on your spare change!

Blue and black multitool gripper shown from the side.


Use this grabber to extend your reach at home or outside!

Orange and black metal detector shown on it's side.

Metal Detector

This Kentoktool Underground Metal Detector will help you find buried treasure. It comes with headphones, a small shovel, and a carrying case. It weighs 2.4 pounds.

Black and silver paper shredder shown in upright position.

Paper Shredder

Shred your documents or credit cards securely at home with this Amazon Basics paper shredder. This cutter can shred up to 8 sheets at a time.

Oval white power meter tool, with blue LED screen turned on, blue buttons below screen. Also shown to the right of the power meter is a black power cable.

Power Meter

This power meter measures power (W), energy (kWh), volts, amps, hertz, power factor, and maximum power (W).

Black and silver rectangular tool shown in upright position, turned on with green LED screen.

Stud Finder

This RISEPRO stud detector uses a micro-sensor chip to precisely and quickly find edges and center of metal, studs, joists, pipes, or live AC wires behind walls, floors and ceilings.

Black and REd Craftsman Case shown in upright position. In front of case is shown various silver and red tools as shown from the front.


This Craftsman 57-piece toolkit contains sockets, a ratchet, slip joint pliers, spinner handle, drill bit adapter, screwdrivers, tape measure, fiberglass hammer, bit bars, and a hex key set to help with your home improvements.

Two Black rectangular walkie talkies turned on with orange LED screen.

Walkie Talkies

This two-way radio or walkie-talkie set contains two radios, belt clips, and a charger.

9 piece black and white puzzle shown from above.


Pick up a puzzle for a visual challenge!

Blue fabric square speaker with blue toy on top.


This screen-free digital listening experience tells stories with different figurines!

Video Equipment
Black bluray player shown from above with remote and cables lying on top.

Blu-ray Player

This Samsung Blu-Ray Disc Player (Model: BD-E5300) and remote plays Blu-ray discs when plugged into a TV or monitor.

Black bluray  player shown from above.

Blu-ray and DVD Player

This Blu-ray and DVD Player kit includes everything you need to watch movies on your TV screen at home. It plays both Blu-rays or DVDs.

Black circular google chromecasts with usb showing

Google Chromecasts

Cast video or audio streams from your phone or laptop to your TV or other monitor in your home with this Google Chromecast.

Portable DVD Player

Portable DVD Player kit includes everything you need to watch movies on a portable 9-inch screen.

Black rectangular roku remote and roku stick side by side.

Roku Streaming Sticks

Roku streams free and live TV with access to channels such as Hoopla, Kanopy, and Vudu for Needham Free Library accounts.